Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze

by Jennifer on July 11, 2013

in Breakfast Sweets

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Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze by

Did you know that I do not possess the ability to make pretty pancakes?

It’s true. 

My pancakes are never perfect circles. They’re not even passable circles. I would say they are…amoeba shaped. Or oil spill shaped. I obviously missed the memo on perfect looking pancakes. Anyone care to enlighten me?

But, I would use many adjectives to describe these pancakes.



Even a little healthy (they are chock full of carrots after all!)

But, pretty?

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze by

Well, maybe when they’re drowning in a delicious cardamom cream cheese glaze! I am now of the belief that cardamom cream cheese could solve many of the worlds’ problems…especially not-so-pretty pancakes!

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze
  • Pancakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅛ cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup thinly grated carrot
  • Glaze
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup to 1 cup whole milk
  1. Heat a griddle to 350 degrees. Grease.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, brown sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla. Gently stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. It will be lumpy. Fold in the grated carrot.
  4. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto griddle for each pancake. Flip when bubbled begin to break on the surface. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven if needed.
  5. To make the glaze: beat together the butter and cream cheese and light and fluffy. Add the cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Alternate adding the powdered sugar with the milk until desired consistency is achieved.
Glaze adapted from Cooking Classy.


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1 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me July 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

I just made banana pancakes this morning and like you, I just never make circular pancakes. I embrace their weird shape! So long as they aren’t burned, they’re a success in my book! Carrot cake + cardamom = tasty flavor combo! Yum!


2 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

Yes, indeed! As long as they are delicious, I don’t mind how they look :) Banana pancakes sound amazing! :)


3 Janine of July 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm

What an interesting flavor for pancakes! I gotta try this, Jennifer!


4 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

It is SO yummy! :)


5 ashley - baker by nature July 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

These pancakes are plenty pretty and need to meet my face right now!


6 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thanks, Ashley! :)


7 Laura Dembowski July 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Oh, my, these pancakes sound fantastic! I have been craving carrot cake and all that glaze makes these totally irresistible!


8 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

The glaze MAKES it, seriously! :)


9 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl July 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Oh my, carrot cake in pancake form.. you just made my day.. my week… my life!


10 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thanks, Pamela! :)


11 hani@haniela's July 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm

how did you know that I was looking for a carrot recipes, I have a bag of carrots I need to use and these gave me an idea what to do with them. I wonder if they freeze well. Cardamom sounds soo good.


12 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

They are a great way to use up some carrots! :)


13 Shelan July 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

These pancakes look super pretty! My trick: I get my Mom to do them for me. Shhh, it’s a secret! (They turn out perfect every time!)


14 Jennifer July 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

That is an awesome trick! ;)


15 The Partiologist July 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

Are you kidding – these are perfect pancakes! I would be so proud to have made them – not to mention very full! :)


16 Jen @ Savory Simple July 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

Cardamom with carrot cake in pancake form?! Yes to all of that.


17 Jennifer July 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Thanks so much, Jen! Cardamom is the best :)


18 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Jennifer, you Carrot Cake Pancakes look divine! Love that you added cardamom in your glaze as well. If anyone complains about your pancakes not being perfectly round, just tell them they are shabby chic…or, messy beautiful! Thanks for sharing! xo


19 Jennifer July 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Shabby chic – I love it, Stacy! :)


20 Nessa July 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Try putting the pancake batter in a squeeze bottle, and making shapes. They come out great and kids love them! These pancakes look super decadent :)


21 Jennifer July 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Great tip, Nessa! Thanks :)


22 Reeni July 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

My stove is slanted backwards so I make weird shaped ones too! These are so heavenly looking! Is it wrong that I want them for dessert right now?!


23 Jennifer July 18, 2013 at 7:44 am

Absolutely not! Pancakes count as breakfast and dessert in my book :)


24 Lora July 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This is the perfect idea for a special occasion brunch. What a fabulous combo.


25 Jennifer July 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Thanks, Lora :)


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